EXIT Festival will take place this year from 7th to 10th July at the Petrovaradin Fortress.

As the music event that revived the global festival and music industries last summer, attracting more than 180,000 visitors over four days and, as always, drawing the attention of the most prestigious international media, such as Billboard and Variety, which declared it a historical event, EXIT returns this year with the strongest line-up so far, bringing us a most-exciting festival summer.

If you’re still on the fence despite all this, here are 5 reasons why you should not miss this year’s edition of the EXIT Festival.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

The king of alternative rock Nick Cave and his band The Bad Seeds are another strong reason to come. Their intense and loud performances, carrying a lot of emotion and charisma, are always more than just concerts and often more than just music. Nick Cave is considered the embodiment of rock’n’roll, a person who has profoundly influenced pop-culture history and its most significant achievements, with a career spanning almost 50 years, nearly 40 of which he has spent with The Bad Seeds.

One of the most original and influential bands in the world, led by versatile artist and rock preacher Nick Cave, will thunder from the Festival’s Main Stage on Friday, July 8th.

mts Dance Arena – The Dance Floor of the Electronic Music Scene

This year, as is tradition, the mts Dance Arena becomes the epicentre of the electronic music scene during the four nights of the EXIT. This summer, the colossal dance floor will be rocked by house DJ, fashion icon, and activist Honey Dijon, leader of the global scene and production genius Maceo Plex, one of the most sought-after techno producers Reinier Zonneveld, a young Briton with an enviable career, deep musical knowledge, and versatile approach to dance music Denis Sulta, a representative of the new generation of the Italian techno scene Anfisa Letyago, members of the renowned Afterlife label – the duo Mathame, as well as the house rising star from Slovenia DJ Brina Knauss.

The unique Satori and versatile multi-instrumentalist and live performer Monolink will add the artistic note to this year’s Dance Arena programme, while we’ll also see a brilliant b2b techno set by the queen of the Palestinian scene, the unique Sama’ Abdulhadi and ANNA, who has come from Brazil to conquer the global scene.

Global Hitmakers Take Over the Main Stage

Several global hitmakers will present their work on the festival’s main stage, including two artists who found themselves on the famous DJ Mag annual Top 10 list – esteemed DJ and producer Afrojack and the greatest Brazilian superstar Alok, as well as German hitmaker ATB. The mysterious American DJ and producer ZHU will bring a magical rhythm and his greatest hits “Faded“, “In the Morning“, and “Working For It“ to the Petrovaradin Fortress this July and show why he is considered by many to be the successor of the duo Daft Punk. The song “Do It To It“, which topped all the charts in the world, will be presented by Acraze, whose energetic sound, colourful style, and universal ability to blur genre boundaries have seen him rapidly rise through the ranks of the global electronic music scene in recent years.

Also coming to the Main Stage are British DJ and hitmaker Jax Jones, whose song “You Don’t Know Me“ has over 270 million views on YouTube alone, as well as Joel Corry, who has conquered radio stations and the hearts of fans around the world with singles “Sorry“, “Lonely“ and “Head & Heart“. The acid-house duo Shouse, creators of the club anthem “Love Tonight“, and rapper Masked Wolf, whose viral single “Astronaut In The Ocean“ was declared the biggest hit of 2021 on TikTok, are both coming from Australia.

Guitar Sensations and Legends on Three Festival Stages

The EXIT Festival has been attracting hard rock, metal, and punk fans for the past two decades, and things are no different this year. Another reason to visit this year’s edition of the festival is the excellent guitar line-up consisting of acts that wrote the history of metal and continue to write the narratives of hardcore, new wave and post-punk. The iconic Brazilian Sepultura, the legendary Birmingham quartet Napalm Death, the band Blind Channel, whose performance at last year’s Eurovision was seen the world over, as well as the Belarusian post-punk phenomenon Molchat Doma which gained global fame with the help of TikTok and viral songs “Sudno“ and “Kletka“, are coming to the Main Stage.

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and live punk icon Marky Ramone, leading post-punk dark-wave band She Past Away, one of the region’s most active and attractive acts – punk-folk band Brkovi, reunited legendary punk band from Rijeka Paraf, new force on the alternative scene, the British band Coach Party and local representatives Deca loših muzičara, Vizelj and Sana Garić are all coming to the Visa Fusion Stage.

The fierce Explosive Stage is headlined by The ExploitedBury TomorrowDischargeIncantationMDBNervosa and Tankard, while the volume will be turned up by Architect of Pain, Black Tooth, Chains, Heresy, Madvro, Misconduct, Noctiferia, Oathbringer, Progon, Shining, Stranger, Terminal Prospect, The Undertones, Crown Court, Lamori, Bohemyst, Smrt Razuma, Šank, Vox Populi, Chain Cult, Hexis and War Engine.

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Petrovaradin Fortress

Located on the banks of the Danube, across from Novi Sad, the Petrovaradin Fortress, which dates back to the Roman Empire, carries the energy of the development of our civilisation, religion and myths, while during the EXIT Festival, it becomes a universe unto itself. For 20 years, during the four days of the festival, the fortress has turned Novi Sad and Serbia into the centre of the world, where people from all over the globe meet to celebrate diversity, spread positive energy and love, enjoy great music, and create memories for life.

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